March 25, 2007 11:27:58am
Re: final show
Touch Of Gray, Little Red Rooster, Lazy River Road, When I Paint My
Masterpiece*, Childhood's End, Cumberland Blues, Promised Land Shakedown
Street, Samson & Delilah, So Many Roads, Samba In The Rain, Corrina,
Drums, Space, Unbroken Chain, Sugar Magnolia
E: Black Muddy River, Box Of Rain
Reviews for Grateful Dead
July 9th, 1995
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December 09, 2005
Subject: Amazing sounding show
I'm amazed at the sound of this show. Garcia doesn't sound tired at all to
me. He sounds fantastic. Really great performance. I'm impressed. Thanks
to everyone who made it possible for this show to be up and available.
Garcia was a professional to the very end.
November 15, 2005
Reviewer: aint no time to hate
Subject: give it up for THE GRATEFUL DEAD
final show, yes. worst show, no. as with anyother grateful dead show, not
one is perfect. lets pretend for one minute that jerry and the boys are
only human, and can have a bad moment here and again. this show isn't even
in need of a rating. let this just be a lesson to all of you, the grateful
dead blessed us all with serenity and warmth of their music for 40 years.
there is no judging this for musical sake. everyone that visits this site
is aware of the grateful deads talent and direction.im thankful for this
show. o granted, it was jerrys last apperance on the stage, and i am
thankful for this show being available,i really am..but listen to this
show and give ode to what you really love about the grateful dead...the
strength they had to pull it threw, the masterpiece of every tune.the
heartfelt attempt of every single member. although we no longer have
jerry, the music never stopped. keep this alive. let this show be a marker
for a time in history when we only got stronger, and better. ill give this
show a 5 and finish on one more thing to say..Thank you Jerry.
October 30, 2005
Reviewer: Learn and love and grow
Subject: Such a long long time to be gone
and a short time to be there. God Bless.
October 29, 2005
Subject: poignant set list for jerry's last show
Just check out all the finality in the songs played and the conotations
with death, such as Lazy River Road, When I Paint My Masterpiece, Promised
Land, Box of Rain, composed by Phil Lesh for his dying father and listen
to the first line of the first chours to Black Muddy River. Jerry sings "
the LAST muddy river".
October 23, 2005
Subject: decent show
not the train wreck I expected. Decent show, an utterly exhausted man
giving it his all. Jerry's spirit shines through. So many roads very
October 19, 2005
Reviewer: Jig 007
"Masterpiece"... check it out. Lot's of soul from Bobby, it's so
contageous it wakes Jerry;-) It's as if Bobby is finding inspiration in
"someday". After a year like this one, can't say I blame him. Too bad
"someday" never happened again.
October 13, 2005
Subject: The end
I was at this show and the So Many Roads is great even though I didn't
really like the song (I think it made the So Many Roads cd). Jerry is lost
at times, quite sad. Takes him a while to catch up after Unbroken.
Somewhat below average show from a poor year.
October 10, 2005
Subject: not bad eh?
For what its all worth this is show (or all of '95)is not that bad at all
- suppose that some might want it to be a "stellar" sort of show - this
show is ok - shame and all, but oh well. the real shame though IMHO is
that vocals were getting interesting and different this year. Very emotive
and not at all like anything b4
October 02, 2005
Subject: We miss you more than words can tell.
I never met Jerry..... but a part of my family he was. I miss him so.....
September 28, 2005
Subject: WARNING: WORTHLESS
Download it for historical significance if you must, but standing alone as
a musical artifact, this show is pretty much worthless. Garcia sounds as
if he is on the verge of a coma, and the rest of the group seems
disinterested in the proceedings. Except for a brief flash near the end of
"So Many Roads" that many others have commented on, there is no energy
anywhere to be found ANYWHERE in this performance. There is a difference
between improvisation and just playing whatever the hell comes to mind
while ignoring what the others are doing. There is also a HUGE difference
between taking musical risks and just not giving a shit. Even a couple of
members have admitted that by the mid-90s they didn't really listen to
each other on stage anymore and that the band wasn't very good down the
stretch. It's perfectly acceptable to still love the Dead and what they
meant to all of us without paying lip service to this trash.
September 16, 2005
Subject: So Many Roads
I'm 37, from the UK and have been a deadhead since the first time I heard
them at 16. I remember travelling on a train between my Home in Scotland
and London and reading an excellent obituary of Jerry in a national paper
called the Indepedent. As I read the final paragraph: "crying as I write
this, Jerry played, at times, like an angel weeping over the end of the
world" ; my heart melted into a torrent of tears also. This rendition of
"So Many Roads" is just one of those times. It penetrates through and
beyond the vaults of heaven, surely to the bosom of God Himself....
September 09, 2005
Subject: So Many Roads...
This particular version of So Many Roads sums up best what I loved about
Jerry. His playing/singing was truly analogous to the "triumph of the
human soul". One moment he would hit a bum note or forget a lyric and the
next he would play/sing something so beautiful and fragile it could make
you cry. He never forgot to remind us that he was just like you or me.
When he starts talking to the lord, it give me the impression that he knew
what was around the bend... and to me, he was letting us know that he was
going to be ok. I know that some will not agree, but this is just my
opinion. I'm grateful to the Archive for making this show available,
September 08, 2005
Subject: Childhood's End
There are several reasons why this show is worth having. Historically it
is the coda to a long strange trip many were fortunate to ride along. But
its significance resides in the same reasons many criticize it. Given time
to place it in perspective, the sentimental appeal is obvious. Yet the
flaws documented are every bit as precious for exhibiting what made this
band great. They were uncompromising. They were not concerned with image,
or fame or popularity or hits,unless these things interfered with their
main purpose. They played their music out of love for playing. And it's
all on tape, warts and all: when they soared and when they flopped, Every
miscue, every sour note, every flubbed line. It's all recorded for
generations to TRY and recreate. But for those fortunate enough to have
actually participated, it is an experience that could never be truly
transmitted to another, unless they too have been on the bus. With that
said this performance has its defining moments as already mentioned.
furthermore they are performing new music right to the end. And it's
quality stuff too. The Stones can't say that, although they are still
breathing(well..er sorta)My point is that GD were a going concern even at
the bitter end. And despite a marked decline in Jerry's ability due to
failing health and his notorious dependency, he could still pull some
magic tricks out of his sleeve. Even in decline he could still shine. I
agree this performance is often tragic, even pathetic at times. But it's
honest and that's what characterized this band and Jerry. Integrity set
them apart from the multitude of rock stars and pop entertainers that
litter the music scene today or then. The Grateful Dead on a bad night
were better than many bands on their best. Evaluating this show in the
context of age, physical condition, & historical significance, this
performance provides a poignant image of an old soldier of the road fading
into the dusk.
September 08, 2005
Subject: BEST SO MANY ROADS
This version is so amzing!!Its also a very very very heart felt
performance by the boys.First off,we get an extra solo section after the
last verse which is great.The END is the "X" factor GD!Vocally,I dont
think i have ever heard Jer so soulful.At one pint,he actually moans amd
groans.I must say,the first time I heard this version,i went from smiling
to crying,to smiling all in a 7:50 minute period.The one intesting thing
also is Jerry has stated serveral times that he does not mention g-d in
anything he sings.In this version,we get a"Lord..so many roads to ease my
soul"in the ending.Man i can listen to this version all day!!!!If you
havent heard it(which i know you probably have)Please Do!!!5 stars for
quality and 5 stars for SO MANY RDS ALONE!!!!
September 08, 2005
Subject: Thanks to all of you
I just read about 50 of the reviews on this show , most are not actually
reviews on the show but instead thoughts on Jerry , the whole scene, life
, laughs , sadness, the deterieration of the band in the 90's etc. I'd
just like to say that the 50+ shows I saw from 3/31/86 to whatever
Highgate 95 was the best time I ever had. Certainly we have the band to
thank for all the music that went on for 30 years , we also have each
other to thank. So THANK YOU !!! Everyone one of you who ever walked by ,
nodded, smiled , passed me a joint or a beer, hooked me up with a tape ,
sold me a t-shirt , gave me directions, gave me info on security , danced
next to me,yelled in my ear during Crazy Fingers , THANKS! A long strange
trip indeed. Let's all consider ourselves lucky that we were all able to
be there , in whatever varying degrees, 500 shows or 1. We were all part
of the greatest communtunity , the biggest traveling circus and sideshow
that ever roamed the countryside. The most prolific and enduring concert
attraction in the history of rock and roll.There is nothing like a
Grateful Dead concert.
September 07, 2005
Subject: Such a wonderful show....considering...
Being a studio musician and composer for many years now, I just wanted to
say that this show is amazing. The bottom line is simple: 30, 40 years?
They gave everything to us, the fans. All this free music, most SBD
quality, AUDs as well. Wonderful. This show is warm, well played, and
historic. Jerry and the crew touched us all, and it is now our turn make
sure the music never stop....and so on... This show is great. Good tunes,
Jerry gave everything he had. We all died a little inside. Download this,
and play it loud. It is NOT a bad show, 95 or not. If you get confused....
Highlights - Unbroken is great. Black muddy, wonderful. Box of Rain -
well, if you need it....if not...
September 01, 2005
Subject: 5 stars for historical value
Sadly, the Dead went downhill, due in a large part, to Jerry's addiction.
In my opinion, the nineties material can't touch the seventies or even the
eighties. However, I grew up with the Dead and am still emotional about
the death of Jerry. As such, even though this show isn't up to the quality
of the Dead in their prime, it has great historical value. For this, I
give it a top rating. I am still struck by the last line they played:
"such a long long time to be gone and a short time to be there." PS:
sadly, I have lost respect for Phil and the rest of the survivors for
playing the Jerry songs as Phil & Friends, The Dead, etc. Let Jerry rest
and get some new material. The past is the past.
August 23, 2005
Subject: Come on you one star people
The Grateful Dead wasn't just about the music. It was about the friendship
and togetherness of people from all over the place. Going to a show that
musically may have been sub-par does not mean that the experience of just
being there wasn't wonderful. The Grateful Dead created something that had
never been created before, and definately will never be created again -
not with phish, not with string cheese, NO ONE! That special something
officially ended with this show. The dead scene went through stages just
like any thing else that is alive. It was born, it grew and matured, it
changed with the times, and eventually it died. This show is so special
that no number of stars could do it justice. Don't listen to this show
with a critical ear, or expecting Jer to remember all the words, but
listen to this show and be grateful for all the love and music and good
times that were had over the years. Time just flys. It doesn't seem like
it was that long ago when the fat man was up there serenading us. Damn.
August 09, 2005
Subject: Right on Boston
Right on Indica Boston. Nottin wrong with this soulful performance. So
Many Roads is the best version I've heard. And for all the folks waiting
for Samba to come around, this is also the best version I've heard. It
really explodes out of SMR. Sound quality is top notch. PS- Hey Massergy-
You asked "where are the jams at? during the 2nd set. Yikes Mass, these
are some of longest jams for these tunes available, all led by Garcia.
Corrina is a full 15 minutes. The SMR is maybe the finest leads he ever
played on this song (Phil agrees in his new book). Shakedown sounds pretty
dran jammed out to my ears, and tight. Why can't people hear the greatness
in this show? PSPS- I didn't even realize it was Aug 9th 10 years later
until I was listening to the 3/27 Days Between last night. Weird.
August 09, 2005
Subject: 10 years later....
We miss you more than words can tell.
August 09, 2005
Subject: The Last One - Chicago 1995
Well, this is the last one. Very sad indeed that the boys went out this
way. I gave up my ticket for this one, but no regrets. I was lucky to see
them over 60 times since 1984. This show has a decent Unbroken Chain that
most of us were waiting to hear. The board is very nice, but poor Jerry
was on his last leg. This one is good for the true collector. Thanks for
the great times, Jerry. I still miss you.
August 09, 2005
Subject: It Was 10 Years Ago Today...
when Jerry left us. Believe me, he left a lot of great music for the world
to hear, and thankfully the vast majority of it is preserved on this
wonderful site. RIP Jerome John Garcia 1942-95.
August 01, 2005
Subject: Grinning and Frustrated
Used to live within walking distance of soldier field and saw every show
there sinse the run began in '91. Each year I would find more and more to
complain about afterwards and that's not including the whole scene outside
before the shows (alot of heads should not have been trying to even walk
across busy Lake Shore Drive let alone drive down it...and watching heads
trying to get the cabbies to drive them back up to Wisconsin was insane
and comical). For a large outdoor stadium, old Soldier field was an
excellent venue not only visually (with the skyline, the lake and the
greek columns surrounding the facade) but it's old bowl shape was about as
intimate as a football stadium could get. I never understood why Chicago
hadn't reached the "summer dead show mystique" of a place like RFK, Deer
Creek or even a Rich Stadium. I was always expecting the band to come into
the Chicago shows (considering the beautiful surroundings) with the
mindset that they could make it a special stop on the tour. But like I
said, I was always left wanting a few more memories to take away...like I
had with other cities I had seen shows in. Why should I see amazing show
after amazing show in little Richfield, Ohio but not in downtown Chicago?!
By the time I got to Summer '95, I had all but stopped the drugs and the
hanging out and was really looking for the "pure experience". In
retrospect, I should have gotten completely baked with the guys sitting
next to me, because they sure as hell didn't care that Jerry was basically
being propped up with a broomstick, force-fed a teleprompter like some
stiff weather man, and looking down at his guitar in befuddlement as it
seemingly was playing itself on auto-pilot mode. It's hard to review the
first set as no memories of it exist for me whatsoever...nothing stuck
with me. I remember the second set opening-Shakedown (with scenes of the
city on the big screen) had people in my group very excited that we may
get a real departure from the standard 2nd sets the boys were playing that
particular summer. Then we get a Samson, a So Many Roads, a Samba and a
Corrina...where are the jams at? It was like we got another first set and
I didn't pay for two jam-less sets! I was screaming along at the end of
"Roads", don't get me wrong, but it seemed to me that the band was just
not even wanting at that point to start any kind of intense improvising
for fear that Jerry would embarrass himself. The band would end up playing
the entire concert pretty close to the vest, with the classic Dead suprize
factor all but gone. Funny how when you are sober, Drums and Space
(especially '95 space) would just have you checking your watch at times
and looking around watching people sleeping, going to get a hot dog or
just goofing off in general...the space from this show just wouldn't end
and when the band has no coherent idea what it wants space to be, they end
up taking up most of the space segment just trying to find something that
sticks...nothing did that night so they just ended it with an Unbroken
Chain that seemed to catch everyone in the band off-guard, including Phil.
I enjoyed hearing that song live for the first time, but novelty doesn't
make for any lifelong memories. After the show, I didn't know what to
think other than I was surely willing to give them another chance and
another and another after that...never got to and I still have that bad
taste in my mouth to this day.
July 29, 2005
Reviewer: L. Rosley
Subject: Giants and mortals
This show reminds me of a Miles Davis concert I saw just before he died.
On the stage was a creative giant, who had achieved more than all of us
combined, struggling with his mortality. (Like Jerry, Miles had a problem
with Mr. Charlie.) There are those that say that Miles, Jerry, opera's
Joan Sutherland, Sinatra should have quit earlier, gone out on a high
note. I disagree. They continued to give something precious, ineffible,
world-enhancing. They kept on keeping on not for the money -- they had
plenty. The did it because music was the blood that flowed through their
veins. THAT being said, to give this show 5 stars does a disservice to the
hundreds of really fine shows the Grateful Dead pulled out of the ether.
After you listen to this show, listen to any of the Dick's Picks from any
period. You'll hear a fiery passion in Jerry's guitar, or a tender coaxing
of humanity from the strings, technically creative and clever, guitar that
moves the soul, guitar you can listen to by itself, and guitar that syncs
intimately with the rest of the band. It's not here. Cumberland Blues
embodies this. Jerry's most soulful vocal here is BMR, and it's good, but
it's not a 5 star performance. Listen to the Morning Dews of the '70's
(try 1974-6-18), or Loser almost from any period. The band doesn't mesh
here, and Phil is just awful. I didn't know what to expect on Sunday
August 13, 1995, when I headed towards the Memorial in the Golden Gate
Park Polo Fields, San Francisco. As the sounds of Jerry came over the
sound system, the people gave tributes, laid flowers on a shrine,
strangers stoppin’ strangers just to shake their hand, and talking,
talking, talking. More celebratory than sad. Silence fell on the crowd,
though, when the speakers played We Bid You Good Night. We are mortal,
even the giants.
July 20, 2005
Subject: 3rd row
I was at this show 3rd. row and i must tell you the so many roads was
steller. a must have version. so blues at the end.
July 10, 2005
the american culture is in no doubt richer thanks to the grateful dead
thanks to all involved for 40 years grateful dead forever cheers
July 10, 2005
Subject: Shame on You
To dis this show 10 years after Jerry's death well, I really don't know.
What kind of person does that? Thank you Jerry, for many, many, many
moments of sheer bliss. 5 stars for every jam I witnessed personally from
4/16/83 to 5/14/95. I would give it 10 stars if I could.
July 10, 2005
Subject: Thanks soooooo much
7:00pm 7/9/2005 10 years to the day... *sniff* Thanks Jerry for all you
have done . We will miss you. R.I.P. The Grateful Dead Jerry Bobby Billy
Phil Pigpen Mickey Vince Bruce Brent Keith Donna T.C. Hunter Barlow
Peterson **********Thanks for all the music.**********
------------------------------------------------------ 12:20 am 7/10/2005
I just finished listening to the whole concert. Brings a tear to my eye.
Thanks Jerry for everything. you will live on as long as there are people
to listen and enjoy. LONG LIVE THE GRATEFUL DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!
July 09, 2005
All the negativity towards this night...while it wasn't the best I'd give
anything to go back to this just to be there again- no matter how good or
bad. Ten years...I miss ya Jer!
July 09, 2005
Subject: Fare thee well.
Such a long long time to be gone......
July 09, 2005
Im sitting on my back porch in july.drinking some wine..10 years to the
hour of the last show..i love you jerry and all the boys..you changed my
life..jimmy in MD yes that jimmy...jackstraw69
July 09, 2005
Subject: 10 years...
We miss you jerry...
July 09, 2005
Subject: Sound 5 : Show 2
Leaving out all the historical significance and emotion attached to this
show, Touch of Grey was horrible, Rooster was Rooster (never liked it),
Lazy River Road was excellent, Masterpiece was good, Childhood's End was
fair, Cumberland was OK (not much Jerry there), Promised Land was weak.
Short first set. Shakedown was poor when compared to all the other
wonderful versions out there, Samson was poor, So Many Roads was quite
nice (lots of emotion from Jerry on this one), Samba In The Rain never
once worked (seems like Jerry couldn't get his head around this one, his
playing NEVER clicked once) *wow, four 'S' songs in a row*, Corrina was
actually pretty good (the first version that I ever actually enjoyed),
Drums and Space were also quite good (seems like the drummers were really
in a groove during spring and summer of this year), Unbroken Chain also
suffered from poor Jerry playing (just couldn't find the notes), Sugar Mag
has a GREAT Bob tone and attack (his guitar was sounding pretty cool on
this tour), BMRiver had lots of emotion due to Jerry's voice being what it
was (even if one was unaware of all the 'heavy' significance surrounding
this song/show, it was sound pretty 'emotional'), and 'far out! double
encore!' Box Of Rain (not much to comment on there). The sound quality of
this show is absolutely wonderful (close to perfect) and the performance
is a bit on the shoddy side, many more wonderful shows to choose from this
year (Seattle 05-25-95 or 05-26-95 come to mind, particularly the 25th).
Pretty weak show, great sound and some very high moments.
July 09, 2005
Subject: Phil's Book
I would never listen to anything after 1990, but I always check out shows
from this day in Dead history, just about every day of the year. I read
all of the performance reviews and decided to take a listen to Cumberland.
It's not that bad, but something is missing. So Many Roads is impassioned,
although I think people read too much into Jerry's declining health and
that he just knew...Anyhow, this is a passage from Phil's Book: "At the
last show, I watched in despair as Jerry, whey-faced, hunched over with
chin on chest, fighting for breath before singing every line, struggled
through an incredibly moving performance of So Many Roads...he seemed to
respond only on the slowest, saddest songs...for the encore Jerry sang
Black Muddy River, and then I launched into Box of Rain at the last minute
because I couldn't stand the thought of ending the tour with one of
Jerry's most sorrowful songs"
July 09, 2005
Reviewer: Ole Uncle John
Subject: Good Historical Record
Didn't want to be the only LMA user who failed to comment on this historic
mediocre show so here's my take. Beyond being the last one nothing to
recommend here. With a few exceptions not a whole lot worth bothering with
after 91.Sure get this one and the first to bookend your collection but I
can't imagine listening to this too often with 2000+ better shows out
there. Decent recording though. UPDATE: Ok today's the one day when I'll
give this a short listen, then quickly move on to some favorites of mine
from 74,77, and 69. RIP Jerry we still miss you.
June 29, 2005
Subject: My last show
It ended on a bad note. I will say this is the worst Dead show that I
witnessed. Jerry just just kept bringing it down. Phil wasn't much better.
The highlight of the show was that I got in. I had been scouring the scene
for tickets, when some guy grabbed me just before they went on. Bad show
but I'm glad I was there.
June 20, 2005
Subject: Never cared much for careless love
It is my view, as it is many others, that it is impossible to grade this
show, as their is too much else surrounding it. The show, by a musical
standpoint,is poor. Jerry was obviously not all there. It is sad indeed to
hear this great man struggle mightly where he used to soar with ease.
Jerry has brought boundless joy and love into my love through his music
and message. This show should not be thought of as an end to anything; for
the music still exists, thus Jerry lives on. We help to spread the Deads
message every time we turn others on to the music. Let there be songs to
fill the air.
June 20, 2005
Subject: great final show
considering what Jerry was going through, his diabetes, addiction, death
threats, crowd violence he played a great final show. the best so many
roads and encore "Last" Muddy River. Anything but a 5 star would be
June 16, 2005
Subject: Thank You
..is all I can say. I got on the bus in the late 60's, got off and on a
few times along the way..stepped off in 92..thanks to tapes/dick's picks
and this place got back on in 99 or so. It's been tough to listen to this
show and I've avoided it for a while and just managed to get through most
of it..so painful knowing this was the end. Musically, not all that bad.
SMR/Sugar Magnolia, BMR and Box of Rain..great to hear. I wish I knew more
of what was going on with the band/Jerry during this time..I'm reading
McNally's book now and next is Phil's so I guess I'll figure it out..
Thanks, gentlemen for many years of joy and love. 5 stars for the years of
great times and music. Jim
June 14, 2005
Subject: Ain't no time to hate...
Just a box of rain - wind and water - Believe it if you need it, if you
don't just pass it on Words don't even come close... but thank you for
showing me my heart...
June 11, 2005
Subject: Thank you
Thank you, Tom Constanten (keyboards; born March 19, 1944), Jerry Garcia
(guitar, vocals; born August 1, 1942, died August 9, 1995), Donna Godchaux
(vocals; born August 22, 1945), Keith Godchaux (keyboards; born July 14,
1948, died July 21, 1980), Mickey Hart (drums, percussion; born September
11, 1943), Robert Hunter (lyricist; born June 23, 1941), Bill Kreutzmann
(drums; born April 7, 1946), Phil Lesh (bass, vocals; born March 15,
1940), Ron “Pigpen” McKernan (keyboards, harmonica, vocals; born September
8, 1945, died March 8, 1973), Brent Mydland (keyboards, vocals; born
October 21, 1952, died July 26, 1990), Bob Weir (guitar, vocals; born
October 16, 1947), Vince Welnick (born February 22, 1951; keyboards). Info
is from http://www.rockhall.com/hof/inductee.asp?id=113
June 10, 2005
Subject: SO LONG
Thanks for spending so much time with me while my wife was in grad school.
It is very sad and such a G** Damn waste. I have been comming to this site
for a long time now and some how never put two and two together as to
wheather the archive had the last show. I wish now that I had not. Thanks
to all who work at the archive and thanks to the Dead for years of that
feeling you get when you KNOW the band is enjoying playing what your
listening to. Five stars out of respect.
May 30, 2005
Reviewer: gratefuly deadicated
Subject: LAST BLACK MUDDY RIVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
HAS ANYONE NOTICED THAT JERRY MAY HAVE KNOWN THAT THE END WAS GETTING
CLOSE??!! IF YOU PAY REAL CLOSE ATTENTION TO BLACK MUDDY RIVER'S LYRIC'S
YOU WILL HEAR JERRY SING ("AND I WILL WALK ALONE BY THE 'LAST' MUDDY
RIVER") ONCE YOU HEAR THIS YOU WILL NEVER LOOK AT THIS SHOW THE SAME WAY
AGIAN. IT SENDS CHILLS DOWN MY SPINE EVERY TIME I HEAR THIS SONG FROM THIS
SHOW!!! HAVE TO GIVE THIS SHOW A 5-STAR FOR THE FACT THAT THIS IS THE LAST
SHOW, ONE OF THE BEST SO MANY ROADS AND FOR THE SPINE CHILLING BLACK MUDDY
RIVER. ALSO THE LAZY RIVER ROAD IS QUITE EXCEPTIONAL TO. IF YOU DOWNLOAD
THIS FOR ANY REASON, LET IT BE FOR ITS HISTORICAL VALUE AND RECORDING!
May 28, 2005
I don't really know why I have the urge to weigh in on this one but I
don't think it's too bad a show overall. On the plus side the sound
quality is great. In fact theres a chance this could be in the top 20 or
so shows of 1995!!! Ok, an outside chance. By the way, we all have learned
that 1995 was in fact in the "nineties" but what is the year 2005 in?
Really, I wanna know.
May 28, 2005
Subject: sad ending
5* just for black muddy river - as good as it gets
May 24, 2005
Subject: does any show have more reviews
well, since no one else has yet - i'll give it the 100th. This show is
real bad, or rather, really really sad. Like many people have commented -
it is good for its historical significance only. Thank god i never saw any
video of this - from the sounds of it, it is a horror show. Oh well, rest
in peace Jerry.
May 24, 2005
Subject: My 2 cents
The Grateful Dead meant alot to me for many years. Near the end I stopped
seeing shows due to the slow decline of the quality of music, and the
music was the reason I started seeing them in the 1st place.
Unfortunately, I have heard the tapes of this show and even worse, I have
seen the video of this. Giving this show a low rating is no disrespect to
everyones past experiences with the Dead. It is a reflection of how bad
this show was and if you've seen pictures or video of it your heart will
break to see Jerry up there looking as bad as he ever did. I put away all
the tapes of this show and put the DVD I have on the bottom of the stack
so I may never have to think of Jerry or the Dead in this crappy state of
being. 1 star (who's gonna give it the 100th review?)
May 22, 2005
Subject: show some respect
this show might not have been their best performance, but it saddens me to
see that people are actually rating it low and actually posting bad
reviews because of the quality of their playing. if one had the mentality
of a true deadhead, they would know what this show means and at least give
your respect to The Man. please stop the negativity, and give the boys the
respect they deserve for bringing us 30 years of great music...a very sad
must have for anybody
May 06, 2005
Subject: 1995 was in the "nineties," not the "eighties."
May 05, 2005
Subject: The music never stops
I have read a lot of horrid reviews of this show, but c'mon, it was the
eighties, cut some slack for the drug induced performance! I will never be
as moved as i am when i hear this Black Muddy River, it was a phenominal
show and the boys deserve our endless praise.
May 05, 2005
Subject: LAST THOUGHTS FIRST WRITTEN REVIEW
What a sad day to come in August. My first show was a copy of a copy of a
copy of a wet tape that was on the Titanic. So to all that nock this
one..I disagree...you can hear lyrics clearly w/ some music too! I've seen
worse set lists. I will down this one with a lump in my throat and a tear
in my eye because of what it represents and be glad I can hear the boys
together one last time until we all get upstairs. Thanks for leavin' it
hang for so long! All of forty years and still truckin!
May 02, 2005
One can truly feel the sad emotion coming from the stage. Jerry sounds so
sad while singing BMR. Long live the Grateful Dead spirit! I rate this
show a 4 purely for the emotion. The performance... it's just so sad.
April 19, 2005
Subject: Stones fall from my eyes instead of years....
Thanks Guys. We miss you Jerry...Keep on Shinin'
April 19, 2005
Subject: Last GD show ever
phil made some awesome remarks regarding this, the last of ALL GD! Still
my favorite band...still the greatest band
April 19, 2005
Subject: Yes, a bad show- HOWEVER. . .
So Many Roads, people, So Many Roads. . .
April 17, 2005
Subject: Black Muddy River
Listen to Black Muddy, at about 50-55 secs in, I believe Jerry sings" Last
April 16, 2005
Subject: Keep It Growing
all though many have formulated their own opinions we need to keep a clear
mind and understand that where we are is not permanent. appreciate the
small things, such as timeless sounds gifted from jerry. cherish this
sound for it was the last of an erra. feel happy knowing that phil, bobby,
bill and mickey are pushing forward and are doing what they can to keep
jerry's music growing.
April 09, 2005
Subject: Listen - Old Men Milking It For The Money, and thanks, Dick, or
whomever is making $$$ with/for/from Dick, for reminding us of Jerry when
he said that once he played it, it was out there for everybody.
Look - we all owe the Grateful Dead for all that they brought to each of
us, in our own way. I love them, I love Jerry, I bet everyone here does.
But listen to this show. Jerry is barely present. He is a sad shadow of
what he was, not that long earlier. I mean, c'mon, Bobby's playing just
about all the guitar. Just listen to it. Give the Grateful Dead five stars
for making it how ever many years they made it. But, by whatever standard
you want to use, this show is simply not very good at all. If this show is
five out of five, then they all must be.
April 07, 2005
Subject: A Damn Shame!
Forget about the review that I wrote 50 or so reviews ealier. I finally
listened to this show from Start to Finish; and I must tell you, the sound
quality is 4.5 stars, everyone in the band is playing three stars, but
after 'Drums/Space' the show is a total disaster! Jerry must have checked
out after 'So Many Roads', because up to that point, the show is OK to
decent, but AFTER drums/space the show has to be one of the worst concerts
ever! Jerry sounds like a senile old man playing with a guitar. I am
really sorry to say it. Listen to it. Its painful to hear, but during
'Unbroken Chain' the end was apparent. Then Mr. Weir tries to salvage some
dignity by cutting in with a 'Sugar Mag', but it really was too late. The
'Black Muddy River' is really painful to listen to, too. 'Box of Rain' is
the redeeming quality; -- Redemption -- pretty much sums up the band's
repetoire. I love the GD, but its such a damn shame!! P.S. To the "Tito &
Touch head rules crowd", I think your completely right about bastardized
version of the GD known as 'The Dead' destroying Jerry's legacy. ....But
remember 'the Dead' is not the 'Grateful Dead'. They are a new different
band , with a new evolved sound of old classics. They may not be liked by
all, but their damn good musicians with a great sound. (EXCEPT when they
try to tackle jerrys' ballads!) You have to take the good with the bad, I
quess... It just reaffirms that every artist is truly unique and when
their gone, "they ain't coming back." So you just got to let it go and
move on! No one can ever duplicate an artist's genius, especially jerry's.
-- That's what made the GD, so damn SWEET!!! Sorry for superfluous words.
and Thanks for letting me get that out!! Thanks to those responsible for
this site!! ...So it goes.
April 03, 2005
Reviewer: joel mitchell
Subject: Review the show only please!
This is a great site because you do not need to download this entire show
to enjoy what is of value here. Get the So Many Roads and Black Muddy
River. Everything else is of no value, historically and musically. As for
all of the negative comments about tour, etc. I think we need to review
the music only, not about your experience at the hotel. Recommend some
songs, thats it. Writting about other stuff is really boring. Show facts:
do not regret missing this show, because the music was average or below
average-if you conisder thirty years of Grateful Dead. I left this show
during So Many Roads. Did I miss much? My cup was filled years before by
March 30, 2005
Subject: I think that's enough
94 reviews of this show is ample. What can be discussed/argued/observed
that hasn't been already? Everyone is going to have an opinion of this
show lets just leave it at that. It is what it is: the end of what we
cherish. BTW my rating is based solely on playing and sound. Honestly I'm
not a fan of anything post Bruce.
March 30, 2005
Subject: if nothing else
if nothing else, this show really helps people vent. I think it's clear
this show was pretty much a disaster, but people still have a lot of pain
from Garcia's demise.
March 28, 2005
Subject: Last but not least
Not bad considering the time. You can't expect them to sound the same as
they did 25 years before, but you can appreciate it for what it's worth.
Overall, I listen to this show just to listen to it, not necessarily
because it's the last. Not a bad recording either! By the way tito, 329
dead shows and you still dont know what the dead its all about?? No need
to trash a reviewer
March 26, 2005
Subject: Count Your Blessings
Be glad that- We even have this at all, IT'S A SOUNDBOARD, and it's free.
Just download it and be thankful for the memories.
March 26, 2005
Subject: enough already
Willie Mays stayed around too long as well, but what can you do? The drums
and space has a surprising amount of energy, but that's it. Phil's vocals
are appalling, almost sounds drunk. I'll still give it 3 stars for
historical significance/sound, but it's not for the sqeamish.
March 26, 2005
yeah, its the grateful deads last show, so its a definate must have. the
show it self is not the greatest, but is fairly standard for the time.
however you feel about, get it. keep it, and be glad that what the dead
had lasted sooooo long. sound quality is fairly decent on this one,
considering the venue size. and a side note: this section is for
reviews...not pointless rude trash talk about other reviewers. GROW UP GUYS.
March 25, 2005
I'm 18 and was about 8 when jerry died. never got to see the real grateful
dead. I've seen the dead and the other ones and yeah it's nice to see
bobby but the magic isn't there that I hear on the tapes even this one,
the last, and presumably one of the worst. But I like to hear it. It's got
its historical context, and makes me smile, as the bands I listen to today
do. I wish some of you guys on here would stop all this bickering. Yeah I
see where you're coming from when you say taht druggies are ruining the
scene and have been for years, but at the same time they're not. They've
always been there, and always will be. In many respects the music we
listen to goes hand and hand with the drugs that we see at the concerts.
But i dont' think you should dis it, it's something a lot of have
participated in. I think instead you should just let people be whoever the
fuck they want to be. That's what the dead did for me when I started
listening to them at 13. It kept me from becoming another obnoxious
iggnorant fool at my rural school in Virginia. It exposed me to a whole
new world out there, full of amazing music, amazing people, and yes the
drugs that much of the time go hand and hand with the community we're all
involved with. So i guess what I'm trying to say is let it go. I mean we
are tarnishing the Dead's last show by renouncing each other as being
punks. What would jerry say if he saw these posts? He probably wouldn't be
smiling. Not one bit. Oh and as far as the show is concerned. So many
roads really is a touching write off. Amazing, everything else is tough to
get through. If you're a newb looking for some good dead. I love primal
dead 67-70... May 77 was exceptionally good. And europe 72, i'm a big fan
of... Good luck, and may you not end up like these bickering fools!
March 24, 2005
Reviewer: dirty jev-o
Subject: check yourselves ...stop[ the talk
hey...ease up on jerry...is anybody out there perfect? what have you guys
done for the music world?....i doubt anything except pretend you
understand.....not that i do...we are lucky jerry and the band was ever
around...stop all the b.s about heroin.....geez thank god for 60's 70's
80's and 90's dead by the way...this show is still better than any of
these so called "jam" bands out there ---- please--- oh...start a message
March 24, 2005
If you can listen to So Many Roads or Black Muddy River knowing that this
is the last time and not shed a tear you have no soul.I won't comment on
much else for I don't feel Im expert enough but those two somgs
considering the circumstances are near divine. "So many roads I know All I
want is one to take me home From the high road to the low So many roads I
know So many roads so many roads So many roads to ease my soul" Wiping
away a tear I say "Thanks Jerry"
March 22, 2005
Subject: historical purposes only
Let me first say that my reviews are based on the performance of the shows
themselves and not the fun time time I had or the great music the band has
given me over the years. That's just the way I choose to go. As for this
show, I do think people should download it for a keep sake, but PERSONALLY
speaking, it is very hard for me to listen to because this is not the band
I loved and got involved with. as for the BMR, based on many other
reviewers postive comments I went back and listened again and I still feel
the same way. Jerry's voice is cracking and he hits a lot of "clams". One
of the reasons to provide reviews is to steer someone in the direction of
something great. based on that I would recommend an '86/ "87 version of
this song when it was just as much an anthem as Touch of Grey and garcia
was strong and healthy. Again, one man's opinion.
March 21, 2005
Reviewer: Jason from Pennsyltucky
Subject: No place left to go, ain't that a shame...
At least listen to the so many rds. and the muddy river. You can hear how
tired Jerry is. I was there and vividly remember these tunes that final
night. I wouldn't bother with the rest of the show. The sound quality is
superb, the show mediocre at best minus the so many roads and the muddy
river. Thanks Jerry
March 18, 2005
Subject: Black Muddy River, Jesus!
I have to agree with the majority of you that have reviewed this show. It
sucked. Anyone who had been on the bus knows that at this point the shine
had clearly worn off Jerry. The band's playing during the "Tour From Hell"
was nearly heroic in that they were carrying him. We, in a sense, were
watching him die. Why the five stars? Three words: "Black Muddy River".
Jerry's rendering of this tune makes me forget the sloppy guitar work and
spotty vocals. This song has been on "repeat" during my morning commute,
and I hear something different each time it is played...BMR never fails to
make my hair stand on end. The way his voice catches as he delivers the
line, "When the last bolt of sunshine hits the mountain..." serves as a
reminder as to just how shallow most of music has become today...makes his
death all the more damaging...the tune that more urgent-prophetic. Like
any vocalist worth his or her salt, Jerry always found a way to "become"
the song. Proving that you can wipe your bum with a set of good "pipes".
Plastic never makes it. Delivery is everything. Do you think Rubin
Stoddard and others in the vast pot of treacle known as "Pop Music" could
take us down along the BMR as Jer does? I don't think do. His voice is
pure unadulterated emotion. I can see the "swirls", hear the "ripples",
feel the singer's isolation. If the Crucifixion had a soundtrack, this
would be the final cut; the stage serving as Golgotha, the sweet "Judas"
kiss of opium (his betrayer)flowing through his veins...leading him to the
BMR. One more editorial comment, and I'm done. Can you even begin to
imagine the physical/spiritual burden that he carried the last five years
of his life feeding the public's incessant needs and those that depended
on him for the basics? Deification on any level is a heavy trip. Take a
look at the paparazzi shots of him at Serenity Knowles days before he
died...head cradled in his hands a very exhausted, very mortal man who was
already walking the banks of the Black Muddy River. Never has one tune
been so historically appropriate as a "swan song".
March 16, 2005
Subject: simma down
okay, okay, it wasn't one of the greatest shows, but it wasn't bad. I
gotta disagree on SMR. it sounded pretty good, and I don't even like that
tune. dead shows are like pizza, even when they're bad, they're good
March 14, 2005
Subject: Don't Forget
I came on board in 88, meaning thats when I attended my first shows. I
don't understand the commments about the music. The music was born out of
the most uncontrolled circumstances. They played the music because there
was no limits or limitations on the music, just music to fill the air. You
can't judge what can't be judged and expect what can't be expected. I
loved every minute I was able to spend in their presence, from the 3rd row
at Deer Creek to the nose bleed section in the Omni. To me, they were the
gratest band ever. They played the music based on how they felt and not
for how it was going to be judged. God bless and have mercy on Jerry's
soul, he was a musician and a kind human being.
March 13, 2005
Subject: For shame
To read some of these reviews makes me sick. This was the end of an era, a
historic moment for all those anyway connected with the Dead. God blessed
us with the gift of the dead's music, and on this day it ended and many of
still pay our respects and are thankful everyday for the joy the Dead
brought into our lives. This may not be the best show ever, but it was the
last and all you people with yer negative comments should be grateful that
there ever was a last show. Just imagine life without the dead. Sucks
don't it? God bless you and thank you jerry. May you walk alone by the
black muddy river.
March 08, 2005
Subject: Jerry, I bid you goodnight
It's the last show of an era. You're going to download it no matter what
anyone says. However, there are better sounding FOB tapes out there.
March 03, 2005
Subject: can we give my man Jerry a break.
Rosebud opened the show in Jerry's arms, and sang for its last
time...midway thru the show his baby experienced some tech. difficulties,
so he had to bring Tiger out from the closet. A fitting way to end a long
and glorious run of incredible music and memories...for both Jerry, and
Heads alike. He was 53 years old, and still touring like he was 27...
trying to bring the same happiness and joy that he brought so many people,
for so many years. Say what you like, just remember what this man
gave...his heart, his soul, and his life. For everyone with negetive
comments to make, whats the point? move on. There is plenty of music
preserved thru-out the years (thank god) for you to revisit, or hear for
the first time. If you have nothing good to say, dont say it. It saddens
me to see so many say this is sh!t, and also saddens me to hear people say
this is great, or the best show. you say upsetting and depressing? I SAY
February 27, 2005
Subject: What's the problem??
For folks that want a positive review here, just musically speaking.. here
it is. I'm a big fan of the 95 tour......so take that! I'm no
newbie..attended shows since 82. Thousands of hours of collection.. I am
loving the 95 tour.. This second set is way above average...Shakedown is
awesome..incredible So Many Roads..it really is, sung with passion and
confidence by Garcia. The Samba, along with the RFK version is one of the
best ever. They were just hitting it on this tune at the end. Some folks
think Jere's just lost in 95. I couldn't disagree more. RIP Jerry. You
went out strong. PS- One of the best quality digital boards from the whole
February 10, 2005
Subject: the LAST muddy river
No, it may not compare to the supposed "last shows" of the mid70's, but
this show is the final grain of sand to drop in the hourglass. Rumor holds
that the destiny of the band is foreshadowed in "Black Muddy River." When
Jerry sings the fateful tune, he substitutes the line "I will walk alone
by the LAST muddy river." GD 1965-1995
February 04, 2005
Reviewer: ny dead
Subject: what i learned....
the musical content of this show is irrelavant. I will say this though, I
feel sorry for the individual(s) who feel that the band should have
stopped playing pre 92' I didn't see my first show until 93 and only got
to see about 17 shows but that makes me no less a fan. what i do know is a
dead show was an event. friends ,camping, music, expansion and peace. i am
a better person for listening to them. they were unselfish and gave us a
lifetime of music to enjoy.they were human so of course some shows sucked
but not all after 92 iknow most dont think so but lets not get crazy with
the negative man. la 94 was a life changing night for me and i will never
forget it. long live the grateful dead.rip jg
January 28, 2005
Awful show, awful tour. Unbroken Chain is an abject train wreck. They
should have quit in '92 -- so why the hell did I do the entire summer tour
in '95? and '94? Good question, that...